Friday, May 20, 2016

The Nice Guys

Writer/director Shane Black may no longer be the Hollywood wonder boy who fetched record-breaking sums for his screenplays in the '90s, but it feels as if middle age suits the now-54-year-old filmmaker just fine because the dude is firing on all cylinders right now. The Nice Guys, Black's third directorial effort, has a very similar vibe to his 2005 debut Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and if you've seen that movie, you know that's very good news. A 1970s-set murder mystery featuring a couple of mismatched partners, this movie sees Black comfortably and completely in his lane...and, unsurprisingly, he crushes it.

The Nice Guys
Director/Co-writer: Shane Black
Starring: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling


Friday, May 13, 2016

High-Rise

I haven't read J.G. Ballard's novel on which High-Rise is based, but considering the book's glowing reputation, I have to assume it has more depth to it than this adaptation, one of director Ben Wheatley's most inaccessible movies to date. It's a film you'd think would have a lot on its mind, but it's only really interested in creating a single metaphor about the effect of capitalism on social structures. It's a metaphor that's clearly laid out in the first ten minutes, and though things go off the rails in the story pretty quickly, there's not much else to this movie when all is said and done.

High-Rise
Director: Ben Wheatley
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Luke Evans, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller



Monday, May 9, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men: Days of Future Past was my favorite of the X-Men movies, so I'm disappointed to report that Apocalypse is one of the weakest entries in the franchise so far.

X-Men: Apocalypse
Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac


Friday, April 29, 2016

Keanu

There are plenty of laughs to be found in Keanu, the big-screen debut of former Comedy Central stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. That the movie works in spite of its cliche-ridden script is a testament to its stars' excellent chemistry and infectious personalities. 

Keanu
Director: Peter Atencio
Starring: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Tiffany Hadish, Method Man